In Philippines, Shipping Defies Martial Law Jitters

By Noel Tarrazona The Philippine government sees a continuing increase in the shipping industry despite the declared martial law in Mindanao, on-going conflict in Marawi, growing threat in the ASEAN maritime region and the unresolved dispute in the South China Sea. Earlier, many shipping cargo industry players expected slow growth in the shipping industry thanks to […]

Marawi siege: US special forces aiding Philippine army

US special forces are helping the Philippine military retake the southern city of Marawi from IS-linked militants, the Philippine army says. The forces are providing technical help and are not fighting, it said. President Rodrigo Duterte had earlier threatened to throw out US troops amid strained relations since taking office. Militants have been under siege […]

Over 6,000 civilians flee to Eastern Mindanao

By JULIET C. REVITA A TOTAL of 6,379 evacuees, who were displaced due to the ongoing terrorist attack and armed clashes perpetrated by the Maute Terror Group, are in different areas of the Eastern Mindanao Command (Easmincom) to seek refuge. Brigadier General Gilbert Gapay, martial law spokesperson and deputy commander of Easmincom, said in their […]

Martial Law Comes to Mindanao

Glimpses of the Philippines’ offensive against militants in Marawi City. By Jeoffrey Maitem Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has declared martial law in the southern Philippines in response to a burst of militant activity. Islamic State-linked militants had taken full control of Marawi City in Mindanao. The military reported that 13 soldiers, two policemen, and 41 militants had been killed […]

Mindanao martial law could last a year, warns Philippine president

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has said martial law on Mindanao island could last a year, while the army fights against Islamist militants. The violence on the southern island has left three members of the security forces dead, officials say. Mr Duterte earlier declared martial law for 60 days on Mindanao, where Muslim rebel groups are […]